Jonathan Hennessey | student
A proven and time-tested knack for storytelling and creative visualization underpins all of Jonathan’s professional undertakings. He is the author of 6 original graphic novels and comics series from top publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, and Legendary Comics. His critically-acclaimed titles include the 2015 New York Times bestseller The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution and Penguin Random House’s The Comic Book Story of Video Games, which traces the history of the interactive medium from its earliest patents to the industry today.
Jonathan holds a Masters of Science in Film and Television Production from Syracuse University. Prior to his book publishing efforts, he worked on Hollywood film crews both in Los Angeles and on location in other states. These credits include feature films from Oscar-winning directors Richard Linklater (Suburbia; The Newton Boys) and Wes Anderson (Rushmore). Jonathan also spent more than ten years in story and screenplay development analyzing scripts for Phoenix Pictures (Zodiac, Black Swan), Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and producer/talent manager Brian Medavoy (Dharma & Greg).
Inspired by the ever-evolving tools and techniques that transcend legacy media—but never one to eschew a savvy analogue solution when one will do—Jonathan comes to the Centre for Digital Media with solid experience in motion graphics design; audio production, editing, and sound design; videography and photography; directing, producing, writing fiction and nonfiction, and researching. He is especially interested in opportunities to bring compelling, state-of-the-art digital media products to sectors that usually find them cost-prohibitive—like journalistic and civic institutions, advocacy groups, public history institutions and museums, and educational entities.
Jonathan will leap at any outing that involves long-distance bicycling (uphill always a plus) especially if the route plausibly brings one in reach of an antiques mall, samosas and chai, a revival cinema, an indie bookstore, or a sketch or standup comedy venue.
Projects: Scouring Rush: Locative Audio mobile app for UBC's CEDaR